Many of us watched at least one National Football League (NFL) match. The first thing we always pay attention to is the sheer size and physical strength of the players. Football requires specific skills combined with incredible athleticism.
Players exhibit frankly breathtaking displays of physical strength during the match. The average weight of players occupying lineman positions in the NFL is 130 kilograms or more. Most of that total is lean muscle mass!
Receivers and running backs run 40 yards in 4.4 seconds on average and can showcase 100-cm vertical jumps. The natural question many viewers and admirers of this sport ask, is it really possible to develop such a physique without steroids? Readers, we have our doubts too. Let’s examine one case, the incomparable Brian Bosworth.
NFL, Steroid Situation, and Brian Bosworth
It’s accepted that steroids in the NFL were widely used in the middle of the twentieth century. Drug use peaked in the 1980s, when 20.3% of players took steroids, according to their own confessions in a survey of NFL players.
At the same time, there were no authoritarian prescriptions on their use generally. Flippant and reckless use was permeative. Moreover, the use of doping drugs was even detected among college and high school team players in the United States, including those who were part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Since 1987, the NFL began to test players for the use of illegal steroids and other banned substances through special anti-doping tests. For the first violation, players received a disqualification of 90 days minimum, for the second, they could be disqualified for at least 180 days, and for the third, the sentence was a full year ban.
An interesting life story including excellent American football performance, the use of anabolic medications, the subsequent scandal, and an intriguing post-football career belongs to Brian Bosworth.
He is known to many as a popular actor who appeared in multiple films performing both main and cameo roles. However, in the past, Brian was also a talented football player. The sportsman was the only athlete in the history of the NFL twice awarded the honorary Butkus Award prize. He also gained the title of Best Sportsman by consensus in the first-team All-American.
Short Bio of Brian Bosworth
Brian Bosworth (nicknamed “The Boz”) was born in the 1960s in Oklahoma City. The future baseball and movie star entered Mac Arthur High School. After graduation, he became a freshman at Oklahoma’s University.
During his education, Bryan actively played football, defending the student team in the 1980s and taking the linebacker position. Bosworth first gained fame because of his vivid personality, arresting appearance, and bodacious comments about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which he called the “National Communists Against Athletes”.
The player’s fame piqued the interests of fans and peaked in 1985 and 1986. Brian was twice recognized by consensus as the first-team All-American, and twice received the “Butkus Award” prize — the inaugural year of this award was ’85.
Despite these glories, a steroid scandal was brewing. Bosworth tested positive for doping drugs and suffered disqualification at the hand of the “commies” he derided.
Brian Bosworth and the Steroid Scandal
At the end of the 1986 season, the NCAA League Commission revealed signs of steroid use in Brian’s body and issued a statement to disqualify Brian. The player missed the Orange Bowl, held on January 1st, 1987, an epic showdown between Oklahoma and Arkansas. Bosworth’s team won but Brian publicly apologized and acknowledged the fairness of his punishment.
But at the same time, Bosworth did not admit liability and adamantly protested his innocence. He stated that the anabolic and performance-enhancing substances drugs were prescribed to him by a healthcare professional. Therefore, he took legal steroids. The sportsman said that he started taking the meds when he lost bodyweight, suffered a shoulder trauma, and could not even lift weights in the gym. He further proffered that he had no idea the medicine would stay in his body for so long. Obtuse? Definitely. Repentant? We’re not so sure.
The sportsman addressed the public and stated that he did not recognize steroids as illegal substances since he believed that they had been used by sportsmen, including baseballers, for more than thirty years.
Anabolic steroids are artificial derivatives of natural male hormones, which are sometimes prescribed to treat injuries. Some sportsmen take them to help build musculature and pack on some pounds. We should note here that there are several chronicled side effects of steroids, including nasty possibilities like liver tumors.
After Bosworth’s use was uncovered, he called on the NCAA to establish a grace period, a period when the use of steroids would not entail any punishment.
In September 1988, Brian Bosworth wrote and published an autobiographical book, titled with his own moniker, which described in detail his opinions about the use of steroids and the rules established by the NCAA in connection with such substances. His appeal has been ignored and to this day, the NCAA, as well as the NFL, continue to perform tests to identify steroids and disqualify players.
Maybe Brian used Methandienone (Dianabol). Dianabol is a universal steroid available in the form of tablets and injections. It’s a popular and highly effective drug designed to improve muscle mass gains and increase strength in the shortest possible times. Dbol is a derivative of testosterone substances and has powerful anabolic and androgenic features. It also has a pronounced effect on protein, fats, and carbohydrate metabolism. It activates the synthesis of protein in the body. This steroid had its heyday in the ’70s and ’80s but retains popularity today.
In 1987, the 22-year-old Bosworth was invited to the prestigious NFL club Seattle Seahawks. Bryan played three full seasons in this team, cementing his reputation as a top player.
Brian Bosworth and Cinematography
After hanging up his football boots in the early 90s the former sportsman began to act in movies. The admirable physique of the former football superstar attracted filmmakers and many of them sought Bosworth out for their films.
The first movie he appeared was “Stone Cold” (1991). In general, the film was liked by both critics and viewers and many noted the novice actor’s respectable performance.
Subsequently, he starred in many scenes in which he played main and minor roles, among which are “One Tough Bastard”, “Blackout”, “Three Kings”, “Phase IV” and others. In the film “The Longest Yard”, Brian played an episodic role, but this movie was related to gridiron.
The actor continues to periodically participate in episodic roles in films and in many TV series. For example, in 2010, he starred in the movie “Down and Distance”.
The sportsman married his school girlfriend in the nineties but recently the couple divorced. There are three children from the marriage; Max, Hayley, and Chase
Brian Bosworth has blue eyes, blonde hair, and light skin. In many ways, he’s the stereotypical movie hero and Hollywood embraced him for it.